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Saturday, 26 December 2009

" Hitch free Christmas! "

Another Christmas day gone by and thankfully without a hitch. I don't know how I managed to cook Turkey and all the trimmings without over cooking something or forgetting a major component, but "hey" I did it, tra la la!!! The thing is, of late I have come to rely too much on M&S ready meals and was thinking I may have lost my touch when it comes to "proper" cooking. Mr Tony made the dessert of chocolate mousse and homemade vanilla ice cream, very impressive!!! My daughter Amber bought along this very cute gingerbread house, made by her own fair hands on Christmas eve. Happy holidays xx

Thursday, 24 December 2009

" All I want for Christmas "

Apart from World piece of course, which seems unlikely given the history of Humankind!!! It's the Topshop faux fur leopard print coat as worn by Alexa Chung!! Although, as a veteran maker of faux leopard print wraps and hats, this coat looks more like cheetah to moi! Anyhow, I have missed out in the shops, as it sold out weeks ago and have now saved lots of money by not being able to " win " the blasted thing in ebay, or, " fleabay " as Mr Tony affectionately refers to the auction house, so near to our hearts. Happy Christmas !!!

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Christmas stocking for Amber

Those of you who read my blog regularly will remember I have a daughter called Amber Jade who is 27 years young and still looks like a teenager!! We all like to spoil our children at Christmas and I'm no exception!! Just because she's all grown up doesn't mean she won't appreciate a cute Xmas stocking stuffed with goodies from folksy and etsy!! After all she's a crafty girl and chip off the old block!!
Here's a montage of the stocking, made by yours truly with gifts bought from the following...

owl mirror and tiger note pad by...

oriental paper and stamps by...

Friday, 18 December 2009

Tales from Talulah.. "Last Christmas !!!"

" I gave you my heart and the very next day, you gave it away ". Aah the joy of George Michael and Wham! Still a great song for Christmas. However, back to the real story of " Last Christmas" and how it was for myself and Mr. Tony!! It was exactly one year ago that we flew out for a five day break to Marrakech. The week before we flew, I started experiencing frightening multiple panick attacks, for no obvious reason! The day before we flew out, I realised that I felt strange...my skin was sensitive and prickly and I was glad to finish work. On arriving home, Mr Tony had his head in a bowl and was vomiting profusely!! We were indeed entering the realms of the "Unwell". On arriving at the Hotel in Marrakech, we decided to rest for a couple of days, to speed recovery. It was all in vain though, as on the third morning I awoke with a massive headache, worse than anything ever before, so bad that I was being sick and unable to funtion normally and this was the first day I stopped eating for over a week. The only successful outing was when on the last day we fell into a cab and visited the Yves saint Laurent Majorelle Gardens, as I was determined and took some great photos! We arrived back in the uk just before Christmas, so glad to be home and Christmas day was spent just the two of us huddled on the sofa, too ill to eat or enjoy the day. The next thing I knew, I 'd cracked a rib with all the coughing and spent the first week in January on heavy pain killers!! We don't know for sure what the mystery illness was, but thankfully are both in good health to enjoy Christmas to the max this year !!

Monday, 7 December 2009

" Christmas Wreath"

Over the past 4 years I've enjoyed making my own Christmas front door decoration, which I'd love to share with you. I think the original idea came from the "Sunday Times" magazine! To begin, I made up a framework, with any greenish twigs, not too dry and brittle. I tied them all together with florists wire, then added some fir cones and a little bird in a nest from a local garden centre. This is the basic frame which can be used year after year. I pick fresh leaves and flowers from my garden every year to adorn the wreath. I've used Rosemary and ivy, as they're strong and flexible, which I've pushed through the florists wire. I cut off the flowers from my Hydranger and hung them up to dry slightly, then removed the leaves and also added some Skimia sprigs, as they flower in winter. I finished with a couple of peacock feathers! You can add anything you like, including rosehips and holly, for the berries. It doesn't look as perfect and symetrical as a bought wreath, but it smells of fresh herbs and looks unique!!! Have fun, if you decide to make your own and happy Christmas to you all xx

Saturday, 5 December 2009

" British high tea! "

We're a funny bunch, the British, with our curious customs and pass times. I think "teatime" is one of my personal favourites, a bit like a posh indoors pick nick, where you get to eat dainty sandwiches, soft boiled eggs and cup cakes all washed down with a steaming cuppa, poured from a very heavy teapot! Of course, you don't have to make "tea" yourself, you can go to the Ritz Hotel in London, where they serve High tea every day! I know there are many Folksy sellers who are......shall we say, "fond" of a slice of cake {and the rest!}. Here's my mini treasury to salute the Folksy sellers and all that is great about British High tea!!

tea cosy by http://www.vintagetown.folksy.com/
egg cup by http://www.britishcreamtea.folksy.com/
strawberries by http://www.feltique.folksy.com/
purse by http://www.nelliD2.folksy.com/
cup cake pincushion by http://www.midsummerstitches.folksy.com/
beaded jug cover by http://www.silkyprudence.folksy.com/
fondant fancies by http://www.lupin.folksy.com/
cup cake buttons by http://www.shedraws.folksy.com/

Friday, 4 December 2009

" Highest number of hearts "

We all love to look at our Etsy shops to see who's loving it. I was amazed today when I had a look around my etsy shop to find that one of my items has 43 hearts, yes that's right 43!!!
That seems a bit OTT, even to little old me who is used to getting quite a few, say 10 or so, on many "unsold" items. Wonder if this is some kind of world record, for such a modest and inexpensive piece of work.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

" Pretty Gothic"

I have to admit to having a penchant for things dark and Gothic, but try to stay clear of 1970's "goth" ideas in the style of head banging rockers with pythons and that sort of thing. Also, the rather tedious miserable black straight hair with a white face a la "vampires". However, vampires are having a bit of a moment right now, with "Twilight" etc, so we have have to find a small place in our hearts for them, (or a wooden stake!!) Now that I have managed to build a photo treasury, I decided to make the 1st theme softly gothic, with items chosen from folksy.
I hope you too enjoy my mini treasury xx
Clockwise from top left are the folksy shops.







Friday, 20 November 2009

" Girly stocking fillers"

I had a great response to a recent thread in the Folksy forums, asking for ideas for "girly" stocking fillers. I particularly wanted to find hand made gifts for Mr. Tony's naughty little nieces, Eleanor 6yrs and Catherine 3yrs.
A big thank you and hugs to all who posted lovely items in the thread.
Here's a couple of pics of the stuff I bought, along side the mini Xmas stockings made by yours truly and listed in my Folksy and Etsy shops.

mini scrap books from

hooterninnies from

purses with complimentary bracelets from

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

" Here Pretty Pretty !! "

One thing I've noticed about having my Folksy shop, is the way my hearted favourites seem to sit in colour co-ordinated rows, giving me fun ideas for mini treasuries.
I wish I could arrange this in a tidy little block of thumb nails, rather than a simple row of pics, but what the hell, life's too short to worry about such things !!
Here's my pick of pastel pinkness from Folksy sellers, who include...





Thursday, 5 November 2009

" Folksy " Robins Nest Roundup!!

Robins live in and visit our garden all year round, but I especially love to see them in the winter as they are a reminder that the holiday season is not far away. We all look forward to the Christmas break and many morning lie ins followed by lots of telly watching, all cosy on the sofa!!! To celebrate Christmas robins, here's a selection of Folksy items, all with a robin connection. Of course, last Christmas was a total disaster, as Mr. Tony and I went away to Marrakesh, not realising that we had just caught a dreadful flu virus, but that's another story!!

Folksy sellers include..


Friday, 30 October 2009

"Gorgeous Gothic Glories!!"

The day before Halloween and the girls are still trying to add the finishing touches to their party outfits!! Hopefully they'll choose one of my hand painted neck chokers, so they can look seriously like undead zombie brides!!! Happy Halloween everyone xx

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Best Seller of all time !!

I started out about a year ago with my Etsy and Folksy shops. It all began when Amber, my daughter wanted me to help her find a name suitable for a " Burlesque " dancer, to sell her pasties under, { that's nipple tassels to us !}. we came up with the name " Talulahblue " and I began thinking, " what can I make ?" to complement Amber's items and came up with frilly leg garters. Well, I had a wholesale order for those and rushed out to spend £200 on satin ribbon and lace. However, the sales of garters alone proved disappointing in the long run, so I felt compelled to come up with another idea to use up some of the satin ribbon and start getting my money back. Suddenly there was a huge amount of interest in the media for veiled hair bows. They were all over the Luella catwalk. I was already making cocktail hats by then, so the veiled bows were a natural progression. Et Voila !! Best selling item of all time for moi and I used up loads of ribbon and had to start buying more. These can quickly be made to order in many different colours. I still make the luxery leg garters, many of which are listed in my Etsy shop xx

Sunday, 18 October 2009

" My name is Talulah !"

Please give a warm welcome to "Talulah", adopted from a local rescue centre, Redgate farm, two days ago. Talulah {Lulu for short} is five months old and we have no information about how she became a rescue kitty. She has settled in very well with myself and Mr. Tony and is well set for a future of snuggles and doting!!

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

" Fabulous Faux Fur "

During the summer months, I make up my faux fur wraps, for the sudden interest in Autumn. They really do keep the chill out of a winter wedding!

Saturday, 10 October 2009

" The cutest caravan"

I fell in love with this disused caravan, sitting amongst the pot plants in a front garden in Cornwall last year. It looked so pretty, retro and sad all at once. It was gone when I returned this year.

Friday, 9 October 2009

" Cute cocktail hatties "

Last weekend, I had a "Eureka" moment! I was trying to come up with some inexpensive items to list in my shops and to add to my Christmas craft fair stash, when I found a new way to make informal and very affordable cocktail hats. These can be worn anytime and have only a hint of veiling. The soft knitted fabrics are great worn in the daytime and just give you a bit of edge as you walk down the street. These will gradually be listed in my folksy shop, unless you are desperate to have one sooner, at around £17.00 each. See how they snuggle together like a basket of kittens in the first photo!!

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